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Crocidura luna

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA EULIPOTYPHLA SORICIDAE

Scientific Name: Crocidura luna
Species Authority: Dollman, 1910
Common Name(s):
English Greater Gray-brown Musk Shrew
Taxonomic Notes: Crocidura luna possibly represents a complex of several similar species. Further studies are needed to clarify the taxonomic status of populations currently allocated to this species

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Hutterer, R.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Cox, N. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, and because it does not appear to be in decline.
History:
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread in East Africa, ranging into parts of Central Africa and southern Africa. It ranges from northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya (Nairobi to central highlands), through Rwanda and Tanzania (Mount Meru), to eastern Angola, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia (Cotterill, 2002), Malawi, northern and western Mozambique, to eastern Zimbabwe (Manicaland). This species occurs at elevations over 1,000 m asl. In Malawi it is found at 2,000 to 2,300 m asl on the Nyika Plateau.
Countries:
Native:
Angola (Angola); Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This species is locally abundant in some areas.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: C. luna inhabits the fringes of montane tropical moist forest. These areas are characterised by cool, generally moist with an annual rainfall of over 1,000 mm. A specimen was collected during the ploughing of an old cassava field at Hillwood Farm, Zambia (Cotterill 2002).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in several protected areas within its range.

Citation: Hutterer, R. 2008. Crocidura luna. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 July 2014.
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